Deliver the Perfect Breakfast in Bed With These Super Easy Tips

breakfast in bedLet's get real for a minute: Who doesn't love breakfast in bed? Eggs, toast, your pillow. It's one of life's great, affordable luxuries that, for some reason, we Americans rarely indulge in. Why are we so uncouth? Why are we not eating the most important meal of the day in the most important place in our house more often?

Starting now, it is my personal mission in life to make breakfast in bed more pervasive throughout our nation. I'm not joking. We're always complaining how we're over-worked, over-tired, and over-stressed -- why not add a dash of whimsy to our lives every once in a while? Really, b in b doesn't take all that much work. Just a little creativity and some planning.

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Actually, planning is the one element that can make or break breakfast in bed. It's crucial. Whether you're whipping up a batch of pancakes for a loved one or, hell, yourself, you don't want to be running around in the morning like a chicken with its head cut off. This is supposed to be a leisurely experience, remember? Not only should you have every ingredient you need in your kitchen already, you should make everything accessible. For instance, if you're making chocolate chip pancakes with fruit, lay the chips, flour, baking powder, etc. out on the counter the night before, in addition to cutting up the strawberries and bananas.

Next, make sure you have all the non-food items you're going to need. This includes your reading material (reading during breakfast in bed is pretty much required), your flower(s) (flowers during breakfast in bed are pretty much required), and for the love of God, a tray. Not everybody has a serving tray handy, so if you're planning on doing some eating in bed, best make sure you've got one -- or two.

Finally, keep things easy. If you're making breakfast for a special someone, it's always tempting to bring out all the stops -- the truffle oils, the homemade souffles, that thing you ate in France. Do yourself a favor, though, and don't. Breakfast in bed is special enough as is -- no need to get all gourmet on anyone. A simple dish of eggs and toast, waffles, or even oatmeal with raisins is just perfect. It's quick, it's good, and it's easy to clean.

And most important of all, don't forget the coffee.

When was the last time you had breakfast in bed?

 

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